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February 1, 2011

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February 1, 2011

For over two years my girlfriend and I have been playing music bedside for children in hospitals and care facilities. This a great organization to work with, they are staffed by fantastic caring people and they do wonderful work!

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the smiles on the childen's faces and the reactions in their bodies..

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to gt them more $ so they can continue thier great work!

February 1, 2011

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February 1, 2011

We all know that the creative arts are inspiring, but Art of Elysium has taught us that they are also healing. I am incredibly grateful to Art of Elysium for creating an accessible outlet for artists to volunteer their time and craft to such inspiring and amazing children. I always feel that everyone's day is brighter when Art of Elysium enters a room, from the children, to volunteers, to hospital staff and parents. The power of the smiles Art of Elysium generates inspire everyone involved from one visit to the next.


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My personal experience with this organization is as a volunteer. What I have experienced firsthand are lots of smiles and words of thanks from the children and families. There is a warm acceptance everywhere we go to what Art of Elysium brings to the children and their families.

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I would love to see Art of Elysium chapters nationwide in big cities and small towns.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I've had an amazing experience volunteering with Art of Elysium. They seek to inspire both children who are suffering from medical conditions as well as the artists who volunteer. It has been a joy and a blessing to donate time to a well-organized and thoughtful organization and to brighten the lives of children who are in need of distraction and creative stimulation.

Everyone loves art! This is a fantastic way to see first hand how art makes a difference all our lives.

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Being inspired to create based on my experiences. The feeling of making a difference.

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January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

It has been a pleasure for me to be a volunteer for Art of Elysium. I've been able to do art projects with kids that are going through serious medical procedure. I can say that my experiences as a volunteer have been magical. They go from feeling inspired by a kid that has an amazing spirits despite his illness and loves drawing with the art of Elysium volunteers, to help a kid that doesn't feel inspired to play with us and by the time you leave he has finished his painting and even better he has a smile on his face. I love art of elysium and there work because we help this kids escape their reality and be creative. And when you are creating, you are in the moment and when you are living in the moment you are happy. Every time I leave, I don't feel sad about what they are going through, I feel compassionate and happy to play with them and make them laugh.

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feeling sympathetic about those who need more than others.

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January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

It was great working with the kids. I think it is a great program for the children and the parents, It gives them a break from their hospital life. It also gives us the volunteers the chance to participate in their recovery through all the different modalities that they get to experience. Also, The Art of Elysium staff and Hospital staff are very sweet and easy to work with.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share my Fabricated Hearts with all of them.

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The happiness the Children express while painting!!!!!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

Art of Elysium is one of the most organized, hands-on groups I've ever volunteered with. After attending the orientation, they let me jump right in and start signing up for volunteer opportunities. Even with my busy schedule, there are plenty of events/workshops that I'm available for. It was so much fun to see the smiles on the faces of patients and family members at the Shriners Halloween Party. And I have to say, I never thought I would be singing Disney songs karaoke-style en Espanol with a clown wig on! Every experience has been unique, memorable, and REAL - this isn't a group that asks you to put on a t-chirt and stand on the sidelines, or wander around soliciting donations. You are right there with the kids, helping them forget their problems and learn and grow as people and artists. Thank you so much Art of Elysium!

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seeing the affect the events have had on the mood and attitudes of the children and parents.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved regularly. Volunteer mixers or events where we could meet other artists who are volunteering and sign up for events together!

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I have been volunteering for Art of Elysium for about a year now. I absolutely love this organization. I was looking to volunteer for an organization that encourages volunteers to donate their talents on a personalized level. It is a very rewarding feeling to be able to work with these amazing kids and help bring their spirits up. :)

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the capacity in which I am able to give.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't have any suggestions for change at the moment.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I was looking for an organization to give my talents to in LA. I have been blessed and wanted to help others. I had no idea what I was asking for. When I met the Art of Elysium my life was changed. From the first time I played music at the Children's Hospital for kids that could not get out into the general assembly, I knew this was important. Some of the children are in a hospital bed all of the time and the costs can be so high that sometimes their folks can't always miss work to be by their side. AOE brings the music and arts to them. I have played music in room to room visits where the emotional outpouring of thankfulness was overwhelming. I have led song-writing workshops with children that if not for this great charity, may have never written a song. The therapeutic side of this gift is immeasurable as it gives the kids a voice, a way to show their friends and family how much they love and appreciate them. This is an amazing group filled with loving folks that care about others a great deal. Bringing love through music and the arts to children that other wise would not get this is an amazing gift.

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Children's Hospital LA. UCLA Children's Hospital Shriner's Children's Hospital Lowman's School Ronald McDonald Camp for cancer children and families

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No changes necessary. If I had money I would fund more activities for them.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

This is a magical charity that has allowed me to play music for children with serious medical challenges. I cannot tell you how much joy Art of Elysium brings to kids. I have seen it with my own eyes!

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Working with them with kids.

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January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I have been working with The Art of Elysium for 6 years now volunteering my time whenever I am in Los Angeles and New York. To see what these children face on a daily basis and the strength within all of them is truly amazing. It is unlike anything I have ever seen or read about before and moves you in a spiritual way that is undeniable. i am a fine artist, and to be able to share what I do with these children and let them be an extension of my art through their own eyes has become something that I just can't live without. I cherish this organization and what they do and am most humbled to be a part of this wonderful family of artists.

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In how I feel when I leave the hospital and how the children smile and show off their work. most inspiring thing i have ever done.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger!

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